Technical Difficulties from on Top of the Mountain
2014-12-09
  Amazing progress.
It was about eight years ago, as I was travelling back and forth for work, I decided to splurge and buy a top of the line memory card for my "smart" phone. This meant shelling out $100 for the biggest most massive SD card you could buy -- a whole 2GB. That was pretty awesome. I could get all kinds of music, or several videos on there (yes the Palm treo had the wonderful TCPMP media player which would play standard def AVI files scrunched down on the 320x320 screen), and I was all set for plane rides and any other occasion of idleness.

If anyone doesn't think technology is racing along at breakneck speeds, they just have to check flash densities vs what week it is,

Still about $100, not counting the fake flash card from Foxx*

That's over a trillion bits, unless the flash vendors have decided to skimp and only give us 6.75 bits per byte, kind of like the hard drive vendors redefining K=1000 instead of K=1024. Lets hope they're honest, but in any case, that's still a mind blowing number of bits.

Heck, I remember getting my hands on one of these back when I was first playing with a soldering iron,
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That's an 8 by 8 array of BITS, that's right 256 whole bits of memory. Awesome. Ok, that was a long time ago. Never mind, I'm going to start copying my entire library of kids videos onto this trillion bit spec which will probably take all night.

* Yes, in this age of Kickstarters and cheap knockoffs, its pretty easy to buy some second hand flash chips, reprogram a SD controller to lie and say you have 128GB, but start failing after filling up the paltry 16GB or whatever size they back it up with. Figure half your customers will be too lazy to return it, and you have yourself a money making machine. So, any listing on Amazon with no reviews, and a price too good to be true, is probably too good to be true.

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